ALBANY, N.Y.-- The University of Maine baseball team completed its weekend sweep of Albany on Sunday, defeating the Great Danes 18-9. The Black Bears scored 45 runs in the three-game weekend series. Maine has won seven straight games and 10 of 11. The Black Bears move to 22-21 on the season and 12-5 in conference play. Albany falls to 17-25 overall and 9-7 in conference play.
The Black Bears jumped out to a 1-0 lead with a run in the top of the first inning. Taylor Lewis (Montville, Conn.) led off the game by drawing a walk. He then stole second base. He advanced to third on a Michael Fransoso (Portsmouth, N.H.) sac bunt and scored when Joey Martin (Portland, Maine) had a sacrifice fly.
Maine extended its lead to 5-0 in the top of the third inning. Troy Black (Mississauga, Ontario) was hit-by-a-pitch and then stole second base. He scored when Lewis tripled to right field. For Lewis, it was his 19th career triple, tying him with Curt Smith (2005-08) for the career triples record. Lewis scored when Fransoso singled to right field. Fransoso stole second base and scored on a Martin double to center field. Martin scored the fourth run of the inning on a wild pitch.
Albany took a 7-5 lead with seven runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Nolan Gaige had the big hit in the inning when he belted a three-run home run. Six of the seven runs scored in the inning by the Great Danes were unearned.
Maine wasted no time taking the lead back as the Black Bears put five runs on the board in the top of the fifth inning. Martin walked and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Tyler Patzalek (Burlington, Ontario) singled to left field and Martin scored. Patzalek advanced to third on a passed back. Justin Leisenheimer (Middle Village, N.Y.) and Fran Whitten (Westborough, Mass.) drew back-to-back walks to load the bases. Ian Leisenheimer (Middle Village, N.Y.) followed with a two-run single to center plating both Patzalek and brother, Justin. Ian Leisenheimer scored when Black singled to right center.
The Black Bears continued to put runs on the board. Maine added a pair in the sixth inning. Fransoso doubled down the left field line, stole third and scored on an error. Patzalek singled to shortstop and scored when Justin Leisenheimer singled to left field.
Maine added two more runs in the top of the seventh inning. Ian Leisenheimer led off the inning with a double down the left field line. Colin Gay (Franklin, Mass.) pinch ran for Leisenheimer and advanced to third when Black singled to the pitcher. Gay scored on a Taylor Lewis sacrifice fly. Fransoso scored when Martin doubled down the right field line.
Maine added four runs in the top of the eight inning. Alex Calbick (Burnaby, British Columbia) led off the inning with a single up the middle. Mike Connolly (Middleborough, Mass.) pinch ran for Calbick. Connolly then stole second base. Justin Leisenheimer struck out, but reached first on a passed ball. Connolly advanced to third on the play. Connolly scored when Whitten grounded out. Gay reached on a fielder's choice, Black walked and Lewis singled to load the bases. Fransoso followed with a three-run double, clearing the bases.
Albany added a run in the bottom of the eight inning. Jeff Welsh reached on an error and scored when Rob Cervini grounded out. The Great Danes made it an 18-9 final with a run in the bottom of the ninth. Greg Muller doubled to left field and scored on a passed ball.
Fransoso led the Maine offense as he was 3-for-5 with three runs scored and four RBI. Lewis scored three runs for the Black Bears, while driving in a pair. Black was 3-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBI.
Maine pitcher Stephen Perakslis (Abington, Mass.) went 3.2 innings on the mound for the Black Bears. He allowed six runs, but just one of them was earned. He scattered three hits. Jonathan Balentina (Willemstad, Curacao) went 3.1 innings in relief. He allowed just one unearned run on two hits while striking out five. Kevin Scanlan (Sudbury, Mass.) went one inning and allowed one run on one hit. D.J. Voisine (Plainville, Conn.) pitched the ninth and allowed one run on one hit.
Zach Kraham went 4.2 innings and picked up the loss for Albany. He allowed 10 runs on seven hits. He was one of five pitchers for the Great Danes.
Maine returns to action on Tuesday, May 10 when it travels to Sanford, Maine to host Northeastern. First pitch at Goodall Park is scheduled for 5 PM.